I visited my former science teacher Aivi Maandi(78) in her log house with a mossy rooftop on an exeptionally warm autumn day. She is an author of various herbal medicine and natural dyes´ books, which were so popular that it´s difficult to find a copy of them in the book stores. Aivi used to be a teacher of chemistry, biology and geography in Emmaste elementary school. She grew up in a talu(traditiona estonian farm house) in Järvamaa and has always been drawn to forest as long as she remembers. And being an elderly lady Aivi still feels that way because working around plants is very important part of life as it boosts the energy and makes her happy.
Lemongrass(Cymbopogon flexuosus) grows naturally in tropics and subtropics but it is possible to grow it in temperate climate too. Long fiberous leaves have a fresh citrusy smell and taste. Aromatic leaves of the herb are widely used in asian dishes, aromatherapy and tea infusions. Also the essencial oil pressed from lemongrass is an effective natural insect repellent. Growing lemongrass from seed can be a tricky experiment because they need constant temperatures over 22 °C. It is much easier to buy the stems from the supermarket or asian store and grow them vegetatively. Sometimes they already have grown little roots in the package.